Dragged Into Sunlight – Hatred for Mankind
Have you ever been walking down the street, minding your own business, when all of a sudden, some giant hesher with his jean vest covered in patches comes flying outta nowhere, wrapping his tar stained fingers around your throat, pummeling your face with bruised and bloodied knuckles, throwing you to the ground and giving you a few jack booted kicks to the kidney…and when its all said and done, lying there, curled up in a fetal position, all you can do is cry out, begging him to do it again and again and again?
That’s pretty much what listening to “Hatred for Mankind” is like. It’s pure audio violence. A swirling cacophony of disgust, hatred and fury that pounds you into a vile, putrid pulp and leaves you lying there in complete and utter despair… seething in your own, new found hatred for mankind.
Originally released in 2009, it was picked up and re-released by Prosthetic Records in late 2010, giving the album the exposure it needs. Just by looking at the cover, you know exactly what you’re in for, something dark, disturbing and divinely evil. Featuring a rough drawing of a fetus being dragged out of its mother by a horn goat beast/demon/devil, while surrounded by cloaked figures, it’s obvious this is a celebration of misanthropy.
Musically, its brutal doom metal filtered through a black metal aesthetic, with just a lil’ bit of melody thrown in. Percussion is a nonstop assault of blast beats, sludgy breakdowns and grindcore freak outs. The riffs are heavy, crusty and thrash at times. The vocals range from screams to guttural growls and howls. Mixed throughout are vocal samples from movies and serial killers. Production…these guys don’t care production, just plug in and play, no professional, clean sounding studio sheen here, just rough and mucky, which works perfectly here.
This is nihilistic metal as brutal as it comes and its quite possible that it has no real place in a civil society…but since when has the metal world been anything close to civil?